Self-Care: There are many things you can do to promote your own recovery.
Exercising for 30 minutes for three days per week has been shown to be equivalent to taking an anti-depressant.
Writing or journaling about your experiences can be a great release and lead to powerful insights.
Focusing on a hobby or activity can be a release and/or relaxing.
Build a social network of support. Family, friends and social involvement are important. Don't isolate!
Developing coping skills through meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi are proven strategies for reducing stress.
Laugh-seek out the lighter things in life: go to a comedy club, watch a funny movie, read a joke book. It changes your brain chemistry. (And at the same time, limit your exposure to war and trauma based materials: movies, photos, internet stories, news, etc. They can provoke triggers that remind you of your traumatic experiences.)
Focus on others: love your family and friends, volunteer in a social or community organization.
Give yourself permission to feel: scream into a pillow, cry it out. Find safe ways to feel your emotions.